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or will pow·er

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  1. control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
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Origin of willpower

First recorded in 1870–75; will2 + power
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Related Words for willpower

grit, firmness, self-control, self-discipline, discipline, strength, force, drive, self-restraint, will, resolve, resolution, self-government, fixity

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Historical Examples of willpower

  • His brother Laurence—wasted—all through women—atrophy of willpower!

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • I'm afraid you pride yourselves on a degree of willpower you never exercised.


    Ludwig Thoma

  • The willpower is firm, and is combined with enterprise and perseverance.

  • Every possible care should be given to the development of the willpower of these children.

  • Even as a boy, he had a purpose, and willpower enough to carry it out.

    Modern Americans

    Chester Sanford

British Dictionary definitions for willpower


  1. the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions
  2. firmness of will
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Word Origin and History for willpower


also will power, 1874, from will (n.) + power (n.).

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